Karl Rove backed up Bobby Jindal's commentary that the Republican party must "stop being the stupid party" Monday, telling Bill O'Reilly that he thinks Jindal "is right."
"The Republican party can't simply be in mindless opposition to Barack Obama. It has to offer a vision of the future that is attractive and compelling for Americans to associate with," Rove said, comparing the formulation to Daniel Patrick Moynihan's legendary 1970s essay urging Democrats to become the party of ideas.
Rove resisted O'Reilly's assertion that that meant the GOP needs to move more to the center, saying instead it needs to move away from "stupid things" like those said by Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, and towards a clear definition of what the party stands for.
"Explain what you're for and be for something," Rove said. "We are a growth and opportunity party. We believe in limited government and cutting the deficit and restraining spending...We need to talk about what it is that we want to do for America, not simply what we want to stop President Obama from doing."